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Green Lake Preschool

6350 E Green Lake Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 525-7877


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We are a child centered facility. We offer a structured curriculum, we offer children several choices of activities in which they can participate in.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught We offer gymnastics once a week as well as music instruction.

From the Director:

Each classroom posts the monthly curriculum in the classroom. Each room is given time to do lesson plans, themes for the month are also included in the monthly newsletter.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goal is to surround children with a safe, nurturing environment, to enhance and stimulated the development of the child's mind, body, and spirit. Our methods are centered on that goal, and our knowledge that children learn through concrete experiences and active manipulation of the environment.

Developmentally appropriate activities and materials provide an opportunity for the child's growth and participation in decision making, development of self esteem, and the establishment of values. One of the primary aims of our early childhood program is to broaden the child's social, cognitive, and physical understanding of the world around them. Such understanding includes cooperative play and work, sharing, taking turns, and kindness. Our task is to provide children with tools such as problem solving skills to successfully participate in each activity. We place an emphasis on spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional development.

A Typical Day

7:30-8:00 Pooh Bear room

8:00-8:30 downstairs or outside, weather permitting

8:30-8:45 upstairs selected play

8:45-8:55 circle time

9:00-9:30 clean up, breakfast

9:30-10:45 curriculum (Live Paint!, Music)

10:45-11:00 clean-up

11:00-11:20 courtyard

11:30-12:00 lunch, short circle

12:00-2:30 nap (rest time)

2:30-3:00 round table play

3:00-3:15 clean up

3:14-3:50 snack

3:50-4:05 circle

4:05-6:00 courtyard playground, weather permitting

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The center communicates through monthly newsletters, monthly child diaries, whats happening logs and through casual conversation. We also have a parent staff educator from one of the local community colleges that facilitates trainings for families and center staff. Parent teacher conferences are held twice a year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We ask that families bring their child/children in at a set time everyday to acclimate their child/children into our program. This helps build a routine for children as well as the center staff. When children first start they are often upset, we give them plenty of attention and reassurance that their family member will be back for them later in the day.